New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Tuesday
insisted that the new regulations limiting the tenures of
National Sports Federations` office-bearers will have no
impact on the Commonwealth Games later this year.
"We have made it clear that all office bearers (sports
bodies) continue their work and as and when future elections
come which are mainly in 2012, 2013 and 2014, these
regulations will apply," Gill told reporters outside
"IOC says 12 years for the president, age limit of
70 and we said we will go with that. So now 12 years. But if
somebody wants 12 into 30 and plus 40 I have nothing to say.
That`s all we have done nothing more, nothing less," he said.
After the Sports Ministry came out with an order
limiting the office terms of sports administrators, many
including IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi and Judo federation chief
Jagdish Tytler, both Congress MPs, have criticised the move.
"Its a free country and I welcome comment," Gill said.
Gill, maintained that he has just restored the previous
order issued by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in
"Let me explain what we have precisely done. In the
time of Mrs Indira Gandhi, 1974-75 these regulations were
issued by the Education Sports Ministry limiting terms among
other things for better management and promotion of sports in
India. That was the fundamental objective.
"However, these had been set aside in a casual order
in August 2002 by the then minister. We have restored the
regulations of 74-75. I have made no new regulations of my
Defending his decisions he said, "We have studied IOC
regulations and we say let`s stick with what IOC has done so
that we are in tune with them.